Saturday 18 April 2020

After 2005

demon dweebs after 2005

From 2006 onwards rust and life took its toll and the club became more fragmented with Beetles and vans often in bits and off the road more than on the road.

Club meets took place monthly, when running vehicles permitted, and usually involved a cruise from the meet up point at Brighton Marina on to, initially Shake-n-Burger Diner in Southwick, which subsequently closed down, and then later The Smugglers Rest pub on the coast road at Peacehaven.

Bonfire night meet ups were avoided after becoming jinxed, including Helen's Beetle getting totaled by a uninsured driver one year.

There was usually a combined effort swap meet table at Brighton Breeze each year.

Paul's blue split camper, Shaun's black split microbus, Steve's blue earlybay, and Tom's custom blue marathon Beetle were still going strong, all of them having VW magazine features at some point.

Barrett went from a crazy split van to an earlybay project, and some dabbling with high BHP water cooled VW cars.

Darius had a work in progress bay camper tucked away in a garage.

Matt had more project cars in his garage than any of us could count, not sure if he has ever finished any of them!

Stu, Tom, and Jim always had a project on the go in a barn hidden somewhere out in the sticks.

Rob had a ratty camo green splitty who's engine I helped rebuild a few times.

My Beetle became beyond repair and was sold to a trader for parts in 2009.
My Westfalia earlybay camper was sold to a new owner planning a full resto in 2010.

Memorable Xmas meet ups included:
Early 2000's at Bombay Aloo in Brighton.
2008 at Woodies Longboard Diner in Hove.
2011 at The Mesmerist in Brighton.
2012 at The Ole Ole Tapas Bar in Brighton.
I'm sure there were more.

I think the last time I saw everyone together, including Grant, was at Paul's wedding.

I kept in regular contact with Paul and Jim up to 2012, going to the Pub most Weds evenings.

If you're a dweebs veteran say hello and leave a comment.

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